Saturday, June 21, 2014 

Kids conference to fight climate change

Uganda will on Saturday 12th July host the first ever International Climate Change Conference for Children in a move to help address the issue of environmental degradation and climate change.

Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green and My Kid is a Superstar in partnership with the National Council for Children are the organizers of at a one day summit at Gems International School in Kampala to spearhead the fight to restore and protect Mother Nature.

The issue of climate change is one that has been going on for years, attracting global attention, however, the scourge has savaged on and on depleting the once beautiful planet to one that is worrying the human race.

Joseph Masembe the Chief Executive Officer of Little Hands Go Green revealed that the conference will be bringing together 200 child delegates from over 20 schools, different nationalities and backgrounds across the globe to try and chat up a humble way forward in the fight against climate change and its adverse effects.

“It is in all simplicity a search for solutions by children for a planet that they one day will be in charge of,” Masembe said

According to organizers, the purpose of the conference include to instill a sense of environmental stewardship among the children, involve children in restoring the once good climate, expose children to environmental conservation education, plant trees as a first step among others.

Masembe said participating schools will discuss topics that will help them understand climate change, causes and effects of climate change, what is being done to mitigate it and to suggest solutions to have green schools, communities and families to form a green planet.

Masembe was at this year’s World Environment Day celebrations in Uganda presented with the National Environment Recognition Award 2014. The award was presented to him by Vice President of Uganda His Excellency Edward Sekandi

“When we are all greyed up and wrinkled and we take leave of this earth, the children will then take charge of what is rightly theirs,” Masembe says of the reasons why he is championing this cause.

“So I started slowly by slowly to drive a new form of civic responsibility in the kids reminding them that caring for and loving their environment is not only beneficial to them but that they can have fun while doing it and going Green is the only way.” He adds.

Masembe dedicated the award to the 80,000 Little Green Hands that have in the past planted a fruit tree each.

By Baz Waiswa, Saturday, June 21st, 2014